L E W E D :: invitations (pt. 2)

When it came to our invitations, we knew two things for certain: they had to be special and Elisha was going to design them. I had the idea of creating a "magazine" when we were planning our engagement shoot. I wanted to to be able to tell a story through our photos and really share who we are as a couple. I sent our photographer home with a few Anthropologie / Free People catalogs so she could get a feel for what we wanted our photos to feel like. While gathering them, I thought, "how cool would it be if we created a "catalog" of us?" It seemed a little "look at me and all of my photos", but we figured it was highly likely that our friends and family would want to see them and this way they would have their own copies. I shared the concept with Elisha and he loved it! He totally ran with the idea and created the perfect invitation for us. I love that we were able to share more than one photo with our friends and family, and tell the story of us in the process. The last page is perforated and the envelope comes off, so everything fit like a little package - so perfect. I made the stamp for the return envelope and our beautiful swan stamp is from Native Bear (it has our new address, which I blocked out for obvious reasons) - I just want to stamp everything with it! The beautiful cups featured, were provided by Rosemary Paper Co. As I said, Elisha designed the invites and if you're interested in having him design for you, you can email him here. If you have any other questions about them, feel free to leave a comment below!

Now that our invitations are out and our friends and family get to be fully surprised by the photos; I can share all of our engagement photos on here too! I'll be posting them throughout the next week. 

While getting our invitations all sealed up, it hit me how blessed we are to have such incredible people in our lives. From our talented friends and family contributing to this whole process - photographers, musicians, ministers, crafters and the like - we know some cool people. I'm truly grateful for each of them. I know most people dread writing thank you cards, but I absolutely can't wait to get to them!

xo. melisa

a word of encouragement

I was talking with Jesus the other day, and this is me just being totally real with you, and I was thanking Him for being so good and faithful to me. I've learned over the years to be in constant thanks; it helps kick the worries and the stresses in the face. I often find myself thanking God for the littlest and silliest of things, but good things no less, that have brought me even the slightest bit of joy. For instance, and I'm aware this may make me sound insane, for whatever reason anytime I find myself in a foul mood, I will come across the cutest baby animal that instantly puts a smile on my face. Like a miniature horse that happens to be grazing in a field on my way home from a bad day at work, or a tiny mouse scurrying across the road just after having a tough conversation, or a tiny dog just sitting in a front seat after feeling completely overwhelmed... Yes, it may be coincidence, or it just may be God sending me a message, perfectly tailored to who I am, to remind me that He is good, He loves me and He is for me, not against me - and then I give thanks. 

So back to my original story, I was in the car the other day, thanking Jesus and I began to think of moments passed when I missed out on the opportunity of being thankful. There are times in our lives where things go awry and we trust God, we pray, and we accept the fate that is upon us, but how often do we find ourselves thanking Him for those circumstances? You see in this moment of thanks, I grew strong in my heart. I did not thank Him because my life was perfect, I was appreciating Him through my struggle; that although life did not feel as I thought it would, it was indeed a part of His plan and I was ever thankful to be a part of that plan. 

It's in the struggle that our love for Him can either wither away, being easily swayed by circumstances, or it can settle in and begin to grow roots, it can trust and bathe in the beauty that is faith - faith in things hoped for, believing in the unseen and knowing that God is indeed on our side. 

I don't know your current state, but whatever it may be, remember to be thankful. It may not always feel like the best life, or even the life you imagined, but it is certainly a beautiful gift - enjoy every moment and give thanks! It's a wonderful feeling to be grateful. In fact I think it is more rewarding on this end than it is to receive the thanks; although that's always nice too!  I hope you have a lovely day!


She Said, He Said // E&M

>> How long have you been dating and/or married? 
She Said: We have been dating for a little over 6 years.
He Said: We have been dating for 6 wonderful years!

>> What did you think of each other when you first met? Was it love at first sight?
She Said: 
I thought he was handsome. I really wanted to be his friend, but felt like he was too cool to want to hangout with me, ha! Which is slightly true because I was a bit of a dork back then, or rather just extremely awkward. I'm sure he'll call me a stalker at some point in his answer!
He Said: 
I thought she was really nerdy and cute. I'm not sure it was love at first sight, mostly because I was 16, but I knew this girl would be apart of my l life.

>> What have you learned from your relationship?
She Said: 
Oh geeze, what have I not learned?? I've learned the true meaning of love, sacrifice, submission, kindness, patience, and countless other things. I've learned what it means to give of yourself and not always get my way. I've learned about who he is and even more about who I am. Most importantly though, I've learned that God has a plan and being with this man, standing next to him on a daily basis, is one of the hugest blessings God has provided me with.
He Said: 
Now I know this isn't true for all relationships, but in ours I've learned patience and to be someone they can depend on. 

>> Who makes the decisions in your relationship?
She Said: 
Hmm... mostly him. I usually do all the planning and let him know choices that need to be made, but he gets the final say so. He always takes my wants and wishes into account though ^_^
He Said: 
It really depends on the circumstance...but if it comes to movies, it is definitely me! On a more serious note if I were honest I think our relationship tends to be more 60/40.

>> When did you know you had found "the one"?
She Said: 
I just knew. I know it might sound silly, but I did. I had never met a boy (cause then he was a boy) that I had ever even considered wanting to spend my life with. There were boys who wanted to date me, but for some reason at a young age, I got it in my head that the man I dated would be the man I married. I didn't want to waste my time on anyone who I knew I wouldn't marry, so then when I met Elisha... I just knew.
He Said: I'd like to think it was a "woke up one morning and just knew" type of thing, but over the years she's become apart of my life I can't, and don't want to, live without. She's my sounding board, my fun and corky best-friend, a perfect compliment, a hopeful ray, is ridiculously attractive (which is always a plus), and God's greatest gift!

>> What is the best advice you have to offer a new couple?
She Said: 
There's so much I would want to share! But I suppose the best advice is this; Relationships are about giving, if you do everything to make him happy and he does everything to make you happy then both of you will be happy. It's when you start to become selfish and put yourself first, that things start to go downhill. That, and enjoy every moment and trust that if you're suppose to be together, you will be together, patience truly is a virtue;)
He Said: 
Learn what the most important thing is to your significant other and do that thing. Spend time, give gifts, be affectionate, etc. 

>> What was your first date?
She Said: 
Our first date was to go see The Island, ha! It was such a lame movie, but it was fun. He was wearing a brown shirt with a dove on it from Hollister and I was wearing a maroon polo from A&F, we were so meant for each other.
He Said: 
We had two "first dates", but the one we usually tell people was our first was to see the movie "The Island."

>> What are five words that describe you?
She Said: 
Creative, Compassionate, Ordered, Opinionated, Sweet
He Said: 
Driven, dreamer, servant, stubborn, "perfectionist", 

>> What are five words that describe your significant other?
She Said: Handsome, Charismatic, Gifted, Witty, Intelligent
He Said: 
Sweet, optimistic, hopeful, strong, dainty